Tremont Nail Factory Redevelopment

Wareham, MA
Exploring future uses for an historic mill complex.
Property Owner
7.2 acres

So Long!

It is with a heavy heart that we archive the Tremont Nail Factory coUrbanize project page. The page, funded by MassDevelopment over the past nine months, will remain publicly accessible along with all of its content, but the ability for additional commenting will be disabled. The Town of Wareham is busy setting up a new Tremont Nail Factory page to help you follow and participate in the redevelopment process and keep you updated on the latest plans, studies, and upcoming events. Stay tuned for some big announcements in the near future! Thanks again for your input and participation in the process to date… let’s keep the conversation moving forward!

Meet Me at the Tremont

One of the first things that we heard from community members in Wareham was that they wanted the Tremont Nail Factory to serve as a destination for arts, culture, and special events. Well... ask and you shall receive!

Following the great success of the Classic Car Show on the 4th of July, the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Wareham, and The Tremont Nail Advisory Group will be hosting "Meet Me at the Tremont" one August 26 from 5:30 - 8:30.

The event will feature fine art, music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, raffle, and best of all, a glimpse into the future of the Tremont Nail Factory. This is a great example of the kind of initiative and collaboration that leads to successful projects, and we couldn't be more excited.

Go to the event page here to get tickets - while they last!

4th of July at TNF

This past week the Tremont Nail Factory played host to the first ever Classic Car Show sponsored by the Wareham Historical Society. The show, held in conjunction with the 41st Annual Fourth of July Antique and Craft Faire, drew about 120 entries, which sounds like a smashing success!

There's a great write-up of the event here (thanks to the Wareham Village Soup!). Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event happen, and thank you to everyone who attended. It's events like these that will keep the momentum moving forward and will ultimately turn the Tremont Nail Factory into a lively and special place for years to come.

Photo Credit: Matthew Bernat

Public Meeting Recap 05/31/17

Many thanks to everyone who showed up for last night's public meeting! We had another productive conversation, including some great comments and questions from the audience. If you happened to miss the meeting but want to stay up-to-date, we have added the slides that were presented last night to the Info page of this website. In the coming weeks, we will be assembling our final report for the town, which we will also post to this website.

As Peter mentioned at the end of last night's meeting, the future of this project is now in your hands. We've relied on your ideas and feedback throughout this process, and hope that our final report represents a consensus vision that the community can rally behind. The members of the community need to stay involved and champion the Tremont Nail Factory in order to make this plan a reality.

There are a lot of ways that you can stay involved: by checking in on this website, supporting the Nemasket Kayak Center's new rental operation on site, attending special events like the Car Show on the 4th of July, or even by volunteering to help organize an event on the site. Just last night, the folks from Cranberry Coast Concerts, who hope to one day host concerts at the Tremont Nail Factory site, happened to be sitting next to a local business owner working with the Chamber of Commerce to plan a few future events -- we're excited to see what happens as a result of their chance encounter! If you are interested in spearheading a particular element of the revitalization plan, or are even just looking to lend a hand however you can, please contact Kenneth Buckland, Director of Planning and Community Development, at kbuckland(at)

We would like to give a special thank you to the Tremont Nail Factory Advisory Group, who helped shape the vision from the very beginning. The group includes Rose Berry, Branch Manager at Eastern Bank; Traci Medeiros, owner of the Gallery Consignment Shoppe; and Marie Oliva, President and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce.

Have a question or comment about last night's meeting, or an idea about the future of the site you'd like to share? Please go to the community forum and keep the conversation moving forward!

Second Public Meeting Scheduled for 05/31/17

The next public meeting has been scheduled for May 31 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. At the meeting, we will recap what we’ve presented so far, share what we’ve heard from local stakeholders, and present a draft of our Vision Plan for the Tremont Nail Factory site. Following the presentation, we will open it up for questions and comments from the audience. 

In the weeks following this meeting, we will be putting together our final report, incorporating everything we’ve heard to date, including whatever feedback we get at the meeting, so we hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to the meeting, rest assured we will post the slides in the Info & Plans section of this site afterwards. In the meantime, head over to the Comments section to share your ideas about the future of this historic site.

Let's get specific!

At this point in the vision process for Tremont Nail, we’re honing in on two topics: historic preservation and short-term uses. We’ve added new feature questions in the comments section. Even if you’ve already commented, we’d love to hear from you again.

Scroll through the feature questions carousel and let us know what you think!

Bob Vila Loves the Tremont Nail Factory

Check out this fun video tour Bob Vila did of the Tremont Nail Factory a few years back.

Bob and TNF’s William Driscoll dwell on the fascinating nail manufacturing process, but if you pay careful attention, you can also see how good the interior of the main factory building looks when it is lit up with natural light. Let’s do what we can to make sure this beautiful and historic building can get restored to its former glory!

If you have any ideas that could bring new life to this old factory building, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Tremont Nail Factory (1819 - ????)

The two dapper gentleman you see below are Isaac and Jared Pratt, the father and son duo who established the nail manufacturing operation in Wareham (now known as the Tremont Nail Factory) way back in 1819.  

By the looks of it, Isaac wasn't a huge fan of his son's windswept hairdo.

What else was happening in 1819? Well, American poet Walt Whitman was born, the SS Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state.

To learn more about the history of the site, be sure to check out the 2009 Feasibility Study of the site done by Mendors, Torrey & Spencer, Inc., recently added to the Info & Plans section of this website. It’s full of fascinating details about when the factory was established, how it developed, and what needs to be done to stabilize it. If you’ve got a thing for Sanborn maps and historic photos, this study is for you!

Do you have your own personal history with the site that you'd like to share? Or do you have an idea that might help ensure that the Tremont Nail Factory’s history stretches far into the future? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

Public Meeting Recap 03/09/17

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s public meeting! We had an open, productive, and (dare I say) exciting conversation about the future of the historic Tremont Nail Factory. For those of you who weren’t at the meeting, we introduced the project team, the process, the existing constraints and opportunities, the stakeholder input we’ve received so far, and our preliminary thoughts about how to move forward.  We then opened the floor for comments and received some great feedback from the residents in attendance, which we will be responding to and posting in the coming week.

We have uploaded the slides that were presented last night to the Info page of this site, and will continue to post background information under the "Info & Plans" heading there, so keep checking in for further updates.

Have a question or comment about last night’s meeting or an idea about the future of the site you’d like to share? Please go to the community forum and keep the conversation moving forward!

Current Scope of Work: The Vision Plan

There are several phases of work required to bring the site from acquisition (by the Town in 2006) to development. Our goal is to use this platform as a continuous resource to the community throughout all of these phases.

Significant progress has been made with building stabilization, a conditions assessment and feasibility study, and specific environmental assessments. The current scope of work will build off of these past phases to identify the most appropriate use(s) for the land, a task which will inform next steps for the site. The plan will balance the overall vision for the area with the general market viability and feasibility.

With that in mind, we're excited to introduce the project team behind the Vision Plan!

Welcome to our project page!

Thank you for visiting our new project page. We're using this platform to help you follow and participate in the Tremont Nail Factory Redevelopment process and keep you updated on the latest plans, studies, and upcoming events.

Follow the project to receive email notifications about new status updates and visit the Comments section to share your questions, comments, and ideas with us.